Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Santa Cruz, California, United States
Posted Oct 24, 2016
Tum Tum looks most like a Scottish fold except he doesn’t have folded ears. He also looks like a British shorthair. After doing a bit of research, I learned why he resembles both breeds. Some time ago in the Tayside region of Scotland, there was a cat named Susie with folded ears. A nearby shepherd adopted one of Susie’s kittens who was bred with a British shorthair. That’s how the Scottish fold got its start.
Even though Tum Tum has pointed ears, he has many traits that reveal his Scottish fold heritage. He has short legs, a compact body, and large eyes in a small, round face. He sprawls in unusual positions, often with his legs stretched out behind him, pads facing up. With his sleek and shiny hair, he brings to mind a river otter.
He’s very playful, inquisitive, and active. Tum Tum is the smartest cat I’ve ever owned, and he thrives on play time that exercises his brain as well as his body. Two of his favorite games are playing hide and seek with his humans and chasing treats that are thrown across the room. He also loves a good scrabble-and-chase session with his cat brother who is happy to oblige.
Tum Tum is a sweet and affectionate family member who requires a lot of human interaction. He needs daily one-on-one time with a family member, either play time on the floor or lap time in front of the TV (preferably watching “Arrow” or “The X-Files”). He’s happiest when the whole family is in the same room, engaged in the same activity. Fortunately, my family has plenty of time for cuddles and games with this loveable little guy.